(LEAD) IEEE investigates AI paper from Seoul Nat’l University accused of plagiarism (Spokesperson)

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SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap) — The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, announced Wednesday that it has launched an investigation into a South Korean research paper on intelligence artificial accused of plagiarizing several published articles.

The move came just days after a research team led by Yoon Sung-roh, a professor in Seoul National University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, admitted to plagiarism when producing the paper recognized as an outstanding thesis at the 2022 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) which ended in New Orleans last week.

The team allegedly copied sentences from more than 10 articles published in the past. Yoon, who participated as a corresponding author, and the first author admitted to the allegations first raised via a YouTube video.

“IEEE is dedicated to publishing high-quality articles. IEEE is aware of the concerns regarding this article and the matter is currently under investigation,” said Francine Tardo, spokesperson for the engineers’ association, in an email to the Yonhap News Agency.

CVPR said it referred the document to the IEEE for official investigation.

The UNS has also launched a separate investigation into the matter. The son of Science Minister Lee Jong-ho is one of the co-authors of the article.

Amid the controversy, SNU postponed a ceremony marking the opening of its new artificial intelligence graduate school that was scheduled for Wednesday. Lee was to attend the event.

“The schedule has been postponed at the request of the UNS and we don’t know when it will be,” a science ministry official said.

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